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(NECN/CSN) – Kevin Walsh from our sister station, Comcast SportsNet, is here with more on the firing of Bobby Valentine.
Bobby V says he is staying in Boston, despite the fact that he is out of a job.
Walsh says it seemed like a civil departure. He was fired during a breakfast meeting.
“It was clear. Look, we knew this was coming for a while,” Walsh says. “He knew it was coming. You could see it in his demeanor, his post-game interviews, everything else. I don’t think anyone is surprised by this. I’m a little surprised it happened so fast. I did think he would make it through the weekend. But what must be done eventually should be done immediately, and that’s what happened. As soon as they got back from New York, it was all said and done.”
Walsh says Valentine didn’t get off to a good start, questioning Kevin Youkilis commitment, and it only got worse as the season went on.
But there is a laundry list of problems, Walsh says, including starting pitching with the highest ERA ever and a lot of guys not showing up.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done to clean it up and really kind of change the culture of that place and that sense of entitlement that was really pervasive for at least the last two years.”
The search for a new manager is on. Possible replacements are John Farrell, Brad Ausmus, Torey Lovullo and Tim Bogar.
“I think he’s (John Farrell) is the first person you’re going to look at,” says Walsh.
Another name being thrown out there, stirring things up, is former Yankees manager Joe Torre.